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Final Pour

Forget seeding, Cinderellas, "One Shining Moment"—the important thing to worry about during March Madness is where to drink. With gracious input from the NYC alumni chapters of 18 big schools, we present a conference-by-
conference bar breakdown for all you transplanted Bulldogs, Blue Devils, and Longhorns alike.


Big Ten

Purdue: Dorrian’s Red Hand
1616 Second Ave., at 84th St.; 212-772-6660
The legendary Gene Keady and his legendary comb-over are long gone, but young coach Matt Painter' has the Boilermakers flying right. Fun fact: Dorrian's, the designated Purdue HQ, is the place where Preppie Killer Robert Chambers met his victim back in 1986.

Michigan State: Blondies Sports
212 W. 79th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-362-4360
The Spartans, with five conference losses, have been a bit of a disappointment. That can all change, however, with a few big games from sharpshooting senior guard Drew Neitzel. Either way, we suggest not parking your car near the collegiate staple Blondies.

Wisconsin: Mad River Bar and Grille
1442 Third Ave., nr. 82nd St.; 212-988-1832
The Badgers are the cream of the conference and will look to avenge last year's second-round exit from the Big Dance by doing damage with their savvy seniors. You can focus on doing damage to Mad River's greasy apps, half off on Friday nights.

Indiana: Proof Bar & Lounge
239 Third Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-228-4200
Indiana's hung tough since coach Kelvin Sampson resigned for violating recruiting regulations, but common logic states that making a title run with an interim coach might be too tall an order. The Hoosiers in attendance, eyes glued to Proof's giant projection screen, may well point you toward the 1989 NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines and Steve Fischer, their, yes, interim coach.


University of North Carolina: Brother Jimmy's Midtown
416 Eighth Ave., at 31st St.; 212-967-7603
Brother Jimmy's sells itself as an ACC hot spot, but March won't be as inviting for the rest of the conference, as the New York Carolina Club takes over the chain's midtown locale to root for hard-nosed forward Tyler Hansbrough and the powerful Tarheels.

Duke: Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave., at 11th St.; 212-979-2337
The Pourhouse's Guitar Hero Tuesdays and Wii Tennis Mondays are great and all, but the ardor and solidarity of the Dukies, arguably the most hated squad in all of college hoops, should be a sight to behold.


Stanford: Town Tavern
134 W. 3rd St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-253-6955
The Cardinal Young Alumni group books Town Tavern with good reason(s): eleven plasmas, a 72-inch projection screen, half-off mixed drinks, and buckets of Bud Light for only $10 during all March Madness games.

Washington State: Proof Bar & Lounge
239 Third Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-228-4200
WSU, not a traditional Pac-10 powerhouse, has quietly strung together two excellent seasons. If the Cougars continue to overachieve, look for Proof (also the home court for NYC Hoosiers) to be the center of attention.

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